President Yahya Jammeh held a meeting with religious leaders in hopes that they will become champions of peace and reconciliation after he refused to step down.
Jammeh who had earlier accepted defeat to real estate developer Adama Barrow made a political u-turn last Friday rejecting the outcome of the elections and called for fresh polls.
“You are religious leaders. They will listen to you more than they will to politicians,” Jammeh said. “All I want for this country is peace and reconciliation.”
President-elect Adama Barrow had met some religious elders from the Muslim and Christian communities this week.
President Jammeh refuted speculations that he wanted to extinct the Christian community and assured them that they can practice their religion freely.
Gambians are angry and insist Mr. Jammeh must go. Religious leaders, especially for the Supreme Islamic Council, who have always done Jammeh’s bidding preaching peace may actually escalate the situation.
The usually fiercely spoken Jammeh had a calm demeanor. He made no mention of stepping down but insisted there are irregularities with the elections.